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Jan 19, 2011 5:00pm PST
this is silicon valley and laser pointers are commonly used for untold powerpoint presentations. nobody really knows for sure what we do know for sure is it's a hazard something that people should not do, never point a laser pointer at the sky at a person at an airplane, never. >> reporter: they are not just pointing them at airplanes. santa clara county sheriff's deputies say they often point them at helicopters on night patrol and they made five arrests last year. this is four lasers taped together for maximum effect. sergeant jim helms was in the cockpit they were happened. >> when it's four to five miles away the size of the beam is larger basically what happens is the aircraft fuselage is curved. it illuminates the cockpit, and it can temporarily blind or personalitily cause damage tie pilot's eyes. >> reporter: law enforcement is taking this crime very seriously now. if you shine it at a commercial airliner, allen, you can be up on federal charges for tampering with the safety of an air. there have been five arrests so far. they are taking this seriously and cracking down. >> smal
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